This webpage was last updated on 8 July 2013.
Travel to Hungary with dogs, cats and ferrets of non-commercial purpose
The movement of pet animals of non-commercial purposes to EU and between EU member
states is regulated by 998/2003/EC Regulation.
Hungarian implementing Regulation is 147/2004. (X.1.) MARD Decree.
New rules entered into force as from July 2013. However, the new Regulations shall only apply after a transitional period from
29 December 2014.
Summarized requirements applicable when entering into Hungary:
Waiting period does not means spending the 3 month in a quarantine facility,
but the animal has to remain in the country of origin in that 3 month period after
the blood sample was taken.
If the rabies serological test had been carried out once with a favourable result,
and the animal has been revaccinated before the validation of the vaccination
would have been expired according to the manufacturer's recommendation, the rabies
serological test is valid for the lifetime of the animal, no additional rabies
serological test shall carry out.
Travelling with pet animal under 3 months old
Member States may authorise the movement of dogs, cats and ferrets which are
under three months old and unvaccinated, if they are accompanied by a passport
and have stayed in the place in which they were born since birth without contact
with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection or are accompanied
by their mothers on whom they are still dependent.
Hungary only authorise the non-commercial movement of dogs/cats/ferrets under three months old, and therefore unvaccinated
against rabies, if the 02/16/1/2008. numbered health cerificate is accompanied
in addition. (pdf)
National Rules Applying To Entry of Pets Less Than 3 Months in Other Member States
Travelling with pet bird(s) to Hungary
Movement of pet birds accompanying their owners into Hungary is regulated by
2007/25/EC Commission Decision with applicable model health certificate and declaration in its Annex. Last
amendment of this piece of legislation is 2010/734/EU Commission Decision.
Travel to Hungary with pet animals other than dogs, cats, ferrets and pet birds
(e.g. rodents, reptilia, amphibia) of non-commercial purpose
- up to 5 animal's movement can be considered as non-commercial
- the animal(s) has/have to travel with the owner or a person responsible
- health certificate provided here can be used to accompany the animal, but no legal obligation existing for the use of it
(in case of air transport IATA can have requirement an accompanying document to
Pet animal (border) entry points of EU (including Hungary):
Relevant EU webpage:
Short videos on eradicating rabies in Europe
Relevant pieces of legislation:
MOVEMENT OF PET ANIMALS TO A THIRD COUNTRY
The animal health requirements are determined by the concerned third country.
The known English languaged third country pet animal information webpages are